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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 12, 2011 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/6/93 has a great playin jam!

I don't think I've ever heard 6/6, perhaps I'll give it a spin.

Jerry's overall recovery after the coma, as a guitarist, was pretty remarkable, but he never really gained back the same level of dexterity that he previously had. As he got older, his nearly perfect sense of timing and rhythm became all the more important.

I think that's what you see during the finer moments of this solid month of Grateful Dead shows, and during some of the better 90s shows. Both of the shows I saw that month - 6/8 and 6/9 in Detroit - as uneven but with terrific, even stunning, highlights during those two songs - Bird Song and Wharf Rat. I would add that I love the Bertha from 6/9, and the H>S>F ain't too shabby either!

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Poster: Quincy Date: Aug 12, 2011 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/6/93 has a great playin jam!

I usually just sit back and read, but must respond to and disagree with: "Jerry's overall recovery after the coma, as a guitarist, was pretty remarkable, but he never really gained back the same level of dexterity that he previously had."
Let's see, maybe I'll toss on the Tangled from the '90 live album, or Hampton '88 or... oh, nevermind...

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Aug 12, 2011 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/6/93 has a great playin jam!

I think we can all point to great songs and great shows from the late-80s and 90s. That's not really the point. I think Jerry was still a remarkable musician and guitarist even then. But his playing was never as consistently fast or as fluid as it was pre-coma, and he relied more on his ear and his sense of timing. Just my opinion.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Aug 12, 2011 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/6/93 has a great playin jam!

I recall we've talked about these shows a bit before, June of 93 is one of my special interests, I agree with all your comments, and looked at in the context of the 65-95 run, June of 93 is important because Jerry switched to the Cripe guitar in the fall which really changed the sound a lot, Cutler replaced Healy in spring of 94, and, well, we all know the rest. The 93 summer tour is the last flash of the "Good ol Grateful Dead" sound with bright, assertive Jerry with plenty of distortion, right in the front and center of the mix, he had just written a couple new songs that were starting to find their feet, and the band responded to his tight playing with some good rhythmic snap in many places.

Of course, there are plenty of bummers about June 93 as well, like Bobby's shredded vocal cords, the arrival of several non-Jerry originals which are infamously irritating to most, and only a few bursts of really open jamming, but those things don't intrude on the high points, some really fine classic Jerry Garcia moments of masterful guitar playing, a deceptive late Indian Summer of warmth and energy. Even though there were still a few good moments to come later, there is still a "winter" quality to them, due to the crisp and dry sound of the Lightning Bolt guitar and the somewhat thin and hollow sound of many Cutler mixes.

So even though 6/8/93 and 6/9/93 might not have seemed too amazing for you at the time, I hear them now as quite special, a last bright orange glowing arc of the setting sun disappearing behind the hills before nightfall.

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